Does Coconut Oil Help IBS?
Tip Takeaway: Use coconut oil in small amounts only, always with your soluble fiber foundation foods, just as you would other heart-healthy plant fats.
Nope. It's pure fat, and all fats are GI stimulants.
- Why? With IBS, fats often trigger your gastrocolic reflex to overreact.
- Result? Spasms, cramps, diarrhea, gas, rebound constipation, or all of the above.
- A low fat - NOT fat free - diet is important for keeping IBS calm.
- Choose heart-healthy plant or fish oils, never large quantities, always with a soluble fiber foundation to keep bowel function stable.
- Coconut oil counts as a heart-healthy fat, but it's still a potential IBS trigger.
- Coconut cream, milk, and shredded coconut are also high fat - limit or just avoid.
- Coconut water, however, is virtually fat free, and safe for IBS.
- Coconut oil may actually have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal benefits.
- But, by definition IBS does not involve inflammation or a fungal overgrowth. A finding of these would actually preclude a diagnosis of IBS in the first place.
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